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    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
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    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

    University of Southern Queensland

    University of Southern Queensland


    Australia, Toowoomba

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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake Deadlines10-Feb-2025
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    Duration 4 year(s)
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 32,640  / year
    Next Intake 10-Feb-2025

    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)


    • What are those seemingly small day to day things that give your life meaning? The way we occupy our days is important. It could be something as simple as preparing your favourite breakfast in the morning, or accessing that sunny spot in your garden. Occupational Therapy assists people to achieve the quality of life they hope for – to achieve the tasks that are important in an individual’s life. Occupational therapists help people to identify the goals that are important in their lives, and to then achieve these goals by building skills, modifying the occupations or adapting the environment.
    • With UniSQ’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) you will learn to design and deliver high-quality occupational therapy (OT) assessment and interventions to people, their families and communities. 
    • As one of the fastest growing registered allied health professions, occupational therapists work with individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan to help people with injuries, developmental difficulties, illness, chronic health conditions or psychosocial needs to function in their environment.
    • You can become a leader in the delivery of digital health care to the many people who have difficulty accessing face to face health services.
    • Gain comprehensive training in OT knowledge and skills and put theory into practice when completing 1000 hours of supervised clinical placement required for your occupational therapy registration.
    • Select from two honours pathways within your degree:
      • the project option focuses on partnerships with industry to address everyday practice topics or
      • the research option allows you to create an individual research project (this pathway is dependent on your GPA).
        Regardless of which honours pathway you choose, you will be eligible to apply for entry into a higher degree by research.

    Professional accreditation

    This degree is accredited (with conditions) by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia (Ltd) (OTC) and approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTBA). Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as an Occupational Therapist with the OTBA once they satisfy the OTBA registration criteria.

    This degree will be compliant with World Federation of Occupational Therapists Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists and will meet the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards for safe and effective occupational therapy practice. 

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  • Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Subject pre-requisites

    • English (Units 3 & 4, C), or equivalent
    • at least one QCAA Science subject (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent.

    Please note: Meeting entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Places within the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) are limited by quota. Quota size is determined by the availability of placements. Where the quota is filled, no further places will be offered.

    Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

    Qualification Grade

    English language requirements

    You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires an overall score of  IELTS 7.0, or equivalent, and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four skills areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Additional requirements regarding prior education taught and assessed solely in English and prior employment - refer to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)'s Registration Standard for further information. 

    If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

    Inherent requirements

    There are inherent requirements that must be met in order to successfully complete this degree. Inherent requirements are fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the degree, while maintaining the academic integrity of the degree. Please read and understand the inherent requirements specific to the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) before applying.

    If you think you may experience any problems meeting inherent requirements, you can talk to a Student Equity Officer about reasonable adjustments that may be put in place to assist you. Any reasonable adjustments made must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.

    Additional requirements for placements

    You will need to provide the following documents prior to commencing any clinical placement:

    • Blue Card or Working with Children Check
    • Yellow Card if working with people with disabilities
    • Australian Federal Police Check certificate

    Plus evidence of the following immunisations:

    • Hepatitis B immunisation evidence
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunisation evidence
    • Varicella immunisation evidence
    • Pertussis immunisation evidence
    • Influenza immunisation evidence
    • Tuberculosis Risk Assessment
    • COVID-19 vaccinations as directed by health services
    • Mask FIT testing
    • Evidence of other relevant vaccinations for infectious diseases that may emerge

    Recognition of prior learning or work experience

    If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


    If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

    English Program Requirements

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.


    • Graduates can register with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and practise as an occupational therapist in Australia. 
    • You can find work as an occupational therapist in hospitals, aged care services, disability services, child and adolescent services, community health services and mental health, private practice, or vocational rehabilitation services, and many more areas.
    • This qualification equips graduates to be leaders in the delivery of digital health care, which is critical for people living in regional and rural communities, to be well-skilled in rural and remote health care.
    • Graduates will be eligible for registration with overseas professional bodies to enable them to work internationally.

    Fee Information

    Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

    Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

    Study Mode Cost

    You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

    AUD 32640

    1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

    Student services and amenities fees

    You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

    Professional experience costs

    This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.


    At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 32,640 

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